Bruins coach Julien critical of Pastrnak after Flyers' rally
It would have all turned out much differently had Steve Mason not pulled his sure goal off the goal line, but in the end it was pretty ugly for David Pastrnak and the Boston Bruins, who let a two-goal lead in the third slip in a loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old forward, victimized on the Mason stop, served as a punching bag for Bruins coach Claude Julien, whose widespread criticism of his club was rooted in Pastrnak's apparent single-mindedness.
"It's about respecting the game more than just scoring goals," Julien said, according to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe. "There's a learning curve there. There's also a respect factor there. You've got to understand that there's more to the game than just trying to be flashy. He had a tough night. You're going to see him have some better nights down the road. He's certainly not the single guy to point out. We were bad as a team. A lot of guys would just go in the battle, take a swing at the puck, and curl the other way. That's not the way we play. It's not the way we're going to accept players to play on our team."
Most representative of Pastrnak's struggles on a night that saw him demoted from the Bruins' top unit was his inability to shovel the puck deep midway through the third, eventually leading to Wayne Simmonds' game-tying goal.